- Rapid City, South Dakota, is a traveling hotspot, with centrally located museums, parks, shops and accommodation establishments.
- Hike or bike the 13.5 mile trail following Rapid Creek.
- Visit the Journey Museum and the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.
- Fish, camp, horseback ride, rock climb and more in Black Hills National Forest.
Rapid City, South Dakota, tourism is a roaring trade, offering a mix of modern entertainment venues as well as historic districts, buildings, and museums highlighting the area's culture.
Bountiful year-round recreational activities cater to all ages, and outdoor Rapid City attractions include hiking and mountain biking trails, rivers and reservoirs, and climbable rock canyons.
Nearby Needles-Sylvan Lake district, in the Harney Range, is a rock-climbing paradise, with guides and outfitters ready to help you find the perfect wall or rock face.
Tour Rapid City on the 13.5 mile trail following Rapid Creek then continue west out of town and explore the multi-use Mickelson Trail.
- Mountain Biking
Attend the Black Hills Fat Tire Festival or explore the 240 acres surrounding Cowboy Hill.
Tie on a dry fly and search for trout in Rapid Creek or head to a nearby reservoir and enjoy a day of lake fishing.
- Horseback Riding
Satisfy your inner cowboy and take a guided horseback trail ride for a few hours of fun in the saddle.
With most museums open year-round, anytime is a good time to visit the Journey Museum, Dahl Arts Center, The Museum of Geology and more.
Another year-round activity, search for the perfect gift in Rapid City’s historic downtown, Rushmore Mall, Rushmore Crossing Shopping Center, or Black Hills Gold jewelry outlets.
Snowmobiling is a primary Rapid City tourism activity in wintertime, with thousands of miles of accessible trails and roads located in Black Hills National Forest.
- Snowshoeing/Cross-country Skiing
Snowshoe or cross-country ski in one of several designated areas or take the adventurous approach and break new trail.
- Ice Fishing
Spud a hole and enjoy an afternoon on ice as you wet a line on a nearby reservoir.